So much is going on these days! I have so much to write about! I wanted to start with something very important to everyone that has been on my mind lately. I work for a company that conducts clinical research and we have several studies going on regarding vaccines. I am privileged to get to see the behind the scenes of what really goes on during a clinical trial. I am just ecstatic to be a part of these potentially ground breaking studies! With these studies comes hours of studying for me. Reading and learning about how the vaccines are made, what they do once in your body and just how and whom they benefit.
I began brushing up on the MMR vaccine which I found very interesting because I personally have had my own complications with this vaccine. Because of my past careers in working with patients, I keep up on my vaccinations. I want to know everything about what I am putting into my body, after all I only have one!
A little about the vaccine
The MMR vaccine is an injectable vaccine to help against measles, mumps, and rubella. The vaccine is grown in a chick embryo (how awesome is that!) and may contain egg protein. Despite what most think, if you are allergic to eggs you can still get the vaccine under precautions. The science behind vaccines is simply amazing! I encourage you to read up on how they are made, very cool stuff!
Now for the stats
Let’s just go over measles, as this would be a really long post to go over all three. Again, I ask that you read up on this very important information. Measles is preventable by the use of the MMR vaccine. According to the CDC’s website, it is estimated that each year before the vaccine 3 to 4 million people in the United States alone were infected with the measles, and 400-500 of those people died. Once the vaccine became known, there was a 99% decrease in the infection! 99% people! And even better news, there were only 55 reported cases in 2012. Measles spreads rapidly amongst the unvaccinated and is highly contagious. I am sad to report the CDC’s 2014 Notifiable Diseases and Mortality Table. There are already 23 cases of the measles for this year. It is on the rise again.
The Bill example
Now that you have the facts, here is why getting vaccinated is so important. We will use Bill as an example. Bill decides not to get vaccinated. Bill then travels overseas for a little vaca with his buddies. Fun! But he brings home measles, not so fun. Bill decides he better see the doctor but Bill does not have a car because who in New York has a car? Bill takes the bus around 3:oopm to get to his appointment at 3:30pm. Bill gets on the bus all sick with the measles and huff and puffs because of all the kids on the bus who are going home from school. Bill complains to the lovely elderly lady he sits down next to about the rambunctious kids these days. Here is Bill’s stop, he jumps off and walks to his appointment. Bill sits in the lobby chatting with an elderly man about chemotherapy. You see, the elderly man is there for his second treatment and it is starting to take a toll on his family. “Bill” the nurse calls, it is Bill’s turn. At his visit Bill learns he has measles. Bummer.
What have we learned from Bill. How many innocent kids did he run into? Not to mention the unknowing elderly on the bus and in the waiting room. How many of those kids have not been vaccinated? If not by their parents choice then maybe they just have not got around to it yet. And what about the fragile elderly Bill bumped into, I think they have enough on their plates already not to have to add measles too! These infections spread easily and rapidly! It began with just one, Bill, and multiplied by ten in a short bus ride and waiting room visit.
I guess what I am saying after all this is, actions have consequences and your actions speak louder then your words. Those who choose to get themselves and their children vaccinated are saving countless lives. It is a selfless act to get you and your family vaccinated. There are some out there that may not respond to the vaccine or their parents chose not to have them vaccinated or they have other medical conditions to where they simply cannot get the vaccines. These are the people being saved by you choosing to be vaccinated.
So, say “yes” to getting vaccinated! If not for you and your family, then for me and those who need your help preventing measles, mumps, and rubella.